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The ILO and its international partners developed in 2001, a Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work. This Code of Practice provides invaluable practical guidance to policy makers, employers, workers organizations and other social partners for formulating and implementing appropriate work place policy, prevention and care programmes. It also established strategies to address workers in the informal sector, including policy development and training.
In May 2008, five Caribbean countries- Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago worked with the ILO’s SHARE (Strategic HIV/AIDS Responses in Enterprises) project to put into place policies and programmes aimed at addressing discrimination and behaviour change in and through the workplace. Based on this initiative the countries implemented workplace polices, using approaches applicable to their individual needs and resources. For example in Guyana the Guyana Sugar Cooperation (GuySuCo), along with 17 other enterprises adopted an HIV/AIDS workplace policy and offers HIV services to workers and managers. In Trinidad and Tobago the National Barbering Association uses on-site theatre productions to stimulate discussions among clients and barbers, while in Jamaica, a key output of the project has been the successful transition from donor-funded activities to a national programme.
Following on the 2001 Code of Practice, the ILO in 2010 published a document – Recommendations Concerning HIV and AIDS 2010 (no.200). It contains the text of the ILO recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the world of Work, and the accompanying resolution for the promotion and implementation of the Recommendation, which reflect the strong support of the ILO tripartite constituents
Under the current CARICOM Global Fund Round 9 Grant, the ILO is being funded to develop knowledge and methods to incorporate migrants, MARP, and PLH workers into workplace approaches to HIV.
In the region, the Guyana Business Coalition is one of the big success stories. It was developed out of collaboration between USAID and the Guyana HIV/AIDS Reduction and Prevention (GHARP) project. It is the largest coalition of its kind in the region comprising CEOs and HR managers of partner organizations
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